Effect of filing taxes as a dependent?

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bkr904
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Effect of filing taxes as a dependent?

Postby bkr904 » Sun Feb 07, 2010 10:03 pm

If my dad claims me as a dependent on his tax return for 2009 (I am still filing the FAFSA as independent), is there a difference in the chances of getting or amount of need-based aid that I will be able to get from schools? Does me filing my taxes as an independent increase the chances of getting financial aid?

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Re: Effect of filing taxes as a dependent?

Postby 03121202698008 » Sun Feb 07, 2010 10:05 pm

Shouldn't effect it at all. Most (if not all) law schools consider your parents income even though you are independent for federal aid purposes.

You will get less back yourself on your return though...




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